Saturday: Generosity

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you … in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Loving Lord, you have given us all that we have. We thank you for providing for us each day. Help us to use your gifts wisely, so that we would be of service to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

God's name is hallowed when his Word is taught in its truth and purity and we, as God's children, lead holy lives in accordance with it. Grant this to us, dear Father in heaven.  (Luther's Small Catechism)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: God has given us his Word in the Bible. What does he want us to do with it?

Child: As a family, how can we help each other live according to God’s Word?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Holy God, we know that you are an awesome God!  Help us to trust and believe, so that we may keep your name holy in our lives by the things we say and do. Help us to share the Good News that we have in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you give glory to God by the way you speak and act. Amen.

Friday: Trust

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, in Baptism you give us the promise that we belong to you. Help us to live each day as your children, knowing that you will be with us always, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 8:34-38
34 The official said to Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or about someone else?” 35 So Philip began at this place in the Scriptures and explained the good news about Jesus. 36-37 As they were going along the road, they came to a place where there was some water. The official said, “Look! Here is some water. Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What does it mean to say that God claims us as his own child in Baptism?  Why is that such an important promise?

Child: How does God’s promise -- that we belong to him -- help us when we are afraid?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Heavenly Father, you have called us by name and made us your own. Help us to trust that no matter what we face in life or how frightening things may be, you will never let us go. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

God has promised: He will never let you go. Amen

Sunday: Worship

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, as we gather together today, help us to worship in faith and trust in your promises. Speak to us through the words of the Bible, so that we would continue to grow in your grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Psalm 105:1-5
Praise the Lord and pray in his name! Tell everyone what he has done. Sing praises to the Lord! Tell about his miracles. Celebrate and worship his holy name with all your heart. Trust the Lord and his mighty power. Remember his miracles and all his wonders and his fair decisions. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What does it mean to worship God's name? Is that any different than worshipping God?

Child: Can you tell me about a time when you saw a miracle?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, give us a strong voice to praise your name and to share the wonders of your loving works with all world. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you look for the good things that God is doing each day. Amen.

Saturday: Generosity

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, you have promised that you’re always with us, even when it's hard for us to see you or know you are there. In your Word, help us to listen for the promise of your never failing love for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 24:46-49
Jesus told them: “The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later he will rise from death. They also say that all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalem, you must tell everything that has happened. I will send you the one my Father has promised, but you must stay in the city until you are given power from heaven.” (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Why did Jesus want the disciples to know that he died for them?

Child: Why does Jesus want us to tell other people about his forgiveness?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Thank you Holy Father, that on the cross you forgave us of all our sins. When others hurt us or make us feel bad, help us to be forgiving people.  Help us to be kind instead of getting even.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May the Lord forgive you, and help you to forgive others. Amen.

Friday: Trust

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Heavenly Father, you have given us the most precious gift of your Son, Jesus. Help us to be truly grateful for the life he has given us, both now and in eternity. May we be bold to share with others all that we have been given. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention to this reminder from Luther’s Small Catechism.

From the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed: "On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

What Does this Mean?
He has done all this in order that I might be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as he is risen from the dead and lives and reigns for all eternity. This is most certainly true! (Luther's Small Catechism)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Is Jesus a king? What does a king do?

Child: What does it mean that we should live under Jesus in his kingdom and serve him? How do we do that in everyday life?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Holy God, help us to see that Jesus won the victory over death, and that he now lives and rules as king over heaven and earth. Help us to be his faithful servants. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May God inspire you to serve others with what he has given you. Amen.

Thursday: Compassion

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty Father, open our eyes to the world around us as we read your Word. Help us to see the places where our neighbors need our help. By your Holy Spirit, give us compassion to serve those in need, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

When Jesus rose to life again,
He came to meet with all his friends.
It gave the whole group quite a scare,
To see the Master standing there.

He told them all to touch and see
“For Spirits don’t have flesh like me.”
He even ate a piece of fish
to show he was alive like this.

He told them what the Bible said,
That he would rise from being dead.
And witnesses who’d seen and heard
Were then sent out to spread his Word!

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What is a "witness”? Why does Jesus call us his witnesses?

Child: Why do you think Jesus sent the disciples out to share the news that he was alive?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Amazing God, you have shown us the many great things you have said and done. Help us to be your witnesses by telling others what we have seen and heard about you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May the Lord help you to share the good news of Jesus! Amen.

Wednesday: Mercy

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Holy Father, you know what we need even before we do. Bless us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may trust in what we have not seen. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Pay close attention as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Luke 24:40-46
After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it and ate it as they watched. Jesus said to them, “While I was still with you, I told you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms had to happen.” Then he helped them understand the Scriptures. He told them: “The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, and then three days later he will rise from death.”  (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What would you have thought if you were with the disciples, and saw that Jesus had risen from the dead and was even eating food?

Child: Why is it important to read and study the Bible?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, you opened the minds of your disciples to understand and believe. We ask you to use the Bible to teach us and remind us of all that you have done for us, so that we can trust and believe, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May the Holy Spirit fill you with all joy and faith! Amen.